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The opposition of many white leaders in the South to the decision of the Supreme Court in Brown versus Board of Education in 1954. The Court had declared racial segregation in public schools unconstitutional. The expression massive resistance was used in a letter signed by over a hundred members of Congress, calling on southerners to defy the Supreme Court's ruling.
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Strom responded by writing the first draft of the “Southern Manifesto,” pledging “massive resistance” to desegregation.Essie Mae Washington-Williams, Black Daughter of Strom Thurmond, Dies|John Avlon|February 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST